Thursday Oct 02, 2008

Sun Secure Global Desktop and OpenSSO Integration

Sun Solution Architect Joachim Andres (aided and abetted by Paul Walker and Andy Hall) has just written up an integration [PDF] of OpenSSO with Sun Secure Global Desktop. Secure Global Desktop (SGD for short) provides secure access to centralized Windows, UNIX/Linux, Mainframe and Midrange applications from a wide range of popular client devices, including Microsoft Windows PCs, Solaris OS Workstations, thin clients and more (can you tell I cut'n'pasted that from the product page? ). One of the most interesting client interfaces to SGD is via a Web browser - you can see it in the demo I recorded with Michael Coté of Redmonk - which brings it into OpenSSO's sphere of control.

This integration is a great example of the use of policy agents with existing applications - the policy agent sets the REMOTE_USER server variable and SGD is configured to pick that up rather than use its own login page. With that, and a tweak to SGD's logout logic to send the browser to OpenSSO's logout page, we have a very neat integration. Check it out [PDF].

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